Young Life

Rating: 4.78 stars   283 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Philanthropy

Location: 420 N Cascade Ave Colorado Springs CO 80903 USA

Mission: The vision was born in 1938 when Jim Rayburn, a young youth leader in Texas, was challenged by his senior minister to focus on the local high school and pioneer a path to connect with non-churched kids. After exploring several possibilities, Rayburn decided that the best setting for the proclamation of the Gospel was at a Young Life club, held in the home of one of the kids. Club involved lively singing, a skit and a short talk about Jesus Christ. He believed every kid had a right to hear the message of Jesus Christ and decide how to respond to the Gospel. Young Life leaders provide kids with factual information for making good decisions. Leaders work hard to provide teenagers with the basic facts concerning Jesus Christ. The information is presented in a non-threatening manner in terms that kids can understand.Young Life leaders have the highest regards and respect for a young person's right to choose where matters of faith are concerned.
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

yOung LiFe: is a awesome crazy fun way to experiance and get to know our Lord and Savior! I have been involved with young life since high school and have established many relationships through this organization. They made God real in my life!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal spiritual life.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the safe place it provides for high schoolers to grow in Christ and feel his love!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fun, loving, relational!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

penetrate schools every where, change lives, praise God!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Absolutely amazing nonprofit. I have never been a part of an organization that has changed so many kids lives. Young Life is for every kid, and every kid is for Young Life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been a Young Life leader for four years. I have seen kids come from broken homes and have no one who loves them, find themselves and gain confidence and love for Jesus Christ.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

I only wish that I had more time to devote to this organization. My area also needs financial backing which has been difficult, but we still do very well with what we have.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I have seen dozens of lives changed through this nonprofit. There is nothing else out there in my opinion that allows kids the freedom to explore their faith and develop relationships with adults who can love them and help lead them through such an awkward and difficult time of life.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the relationships I've made and the life long community I've been a part of.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I was a Young Life club kid in the early 70's (still keep in touch with my YL leader from Montgomery County, PA even after all these years!). Young Life planted the seeds for me to become a follower of Jesus Christ during my sophmore year in college - I love their attitude/approach re: "earning the right to be heard" by walking with kids "where they are". The coolest thing is that since the early 90's I have been an employee with their military ministry in Colorado Springs (Military Community Youth Ministries - MCYM/Club Beyond) and giving back to an organization that "made a difference in my life"! *Nancy Peterson

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people that I work with - all are devoted in their walk with God and just downright love kids!

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Young Life was there for my kids throughout their middle and high school years. Attending clubs and making friends through Young Life gave them a way to cope with negative peer pressure and hang on to a better way. Now my daughter is a Young Life leader. She loves helping other kids who struggle during their teen years. YL's program for developing leaders is second to none. It has given her interpersonal skills she will utilize in her career and whole life.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing kids lives change so radically! It has been wonderful to see kids trapped in substance abuse, depression, sexual promiscuity, or suicidal thoughts be set free and develop confidence, leadership skills and healthy friendships.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed to see young people set free from destructive behavior.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

send a lot more kids from impoverished homes to life-changing summer camps.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have seen hundreds of individuals changed through this non-profit ministry. I can recall name after name after name....Frank, Matt, Magoo, Jeff, Brent, AJ, Clint, Reed.... .... ....

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the lives of young men changed forever. They find purpose, they find drive, they realize that they have worth and that they are loved. Their perspective is new and their character is developed. All this b/c a loving adult walked into their life.

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About every week

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2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Young Life is an organization that my life has been changed through. I was on a path to self-destruction and through the teaching of Jesus Christ and the prophets, Young Life helped me discover the most amazing thing ever; That God wants to be my Friend!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my youth, and m current life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire more people. There just can't be enough people on YL staff

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it has changed my life forever

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazingly personal

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world

Ways to make it better...

i started early

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

how to get into the rural areas of the country

One thing I'd also say is that...

young life needs to reach the inner city and non-white population. not because it doesn't want to meet that group, it just needs to expand the urban ministry base.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Young Life is an amazing organization from the inside out. The atmosphere of beloning and value that is placed on each individual is priceless.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide staff for areas that need leadership and make it into 1,000 more communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Young Life was what kept me on the right track in high school! I was surrounded by wealth, alcohol, sex, etc with a constant temptation to walk in that direction but Young Life was a constant positive influence that showed me the positive way of life. My leaders spent time with me and got to know my family and me. They showed me how to walk with Christ daily. Since, high school, I have been a Young Life leader myself and love sharing this passion for Christ with other teens and college students as well. YL also changed my families life .. through me. Thanks Young Life!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life and my families lives.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

fun! what a fun & loving organization. the people couldn't be more enjoyable to be around.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I had never even heard of YL until 2 years ago when I was invited to a leader picnic to "check it out." Let's just say the people I met were magnetic as I became deeply involved as a dedicated YL leader over the last two years, working with kids who wanted to learn about Jesus, just hang out and be themselves, or had no one else to talk to in their lives. Through weekly clubs which involves games, singing, and a scripture from the Gospel to weekend "resort like" camps where they're in fellowship with other YL groups to bi-weekly Bible studies and high school sporting events, I was able to be a mentor to high schoolers that wanted to voice their fears, optimism, and goals of life to someone. I would consistently receive a mix of facebook messages, texts, and late night phone calls ranging from wanting to invite me to catch up during lunch to the bad news of the loss of a friend. Over the time deep relationships are formed that are truly special. The bonds I created with the 9 guys from my small group are stronger than I have with many of my friends because the discussions can be very raw and genuine, and even though they are at college now we still talk on a frequent basis. This is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life, and through YL I have seen many lives impacted and forever change in ways that sometimes I can only describe as miracles. And while I may not immediately see the fruit of my involvement with each of those 9 young guys, and beyond that the countless other teenagers I came in contact with, each of them know they have someone they can trust in their lives to turn to. And sometime on their journey God will do something with the seed that was planted, whether during club or camp or conversation, during the time they spent with YL - and he'll do something powerful with it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the kids involved mature, make better decisions, and share experiences that normally they might hold back. The atmoshpere YL creates enables these kids to break molds high school creates and pushes them to examine who they truly are called to be

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure volunteers were on the same page as far as expectations of them and the org. are concerned. When the leaders aren't on the same page, that trickles down and has an impact on the kids.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the relationship I've created with each of my guys. Going in I thought it would be something like teacher/pupil, but I know consider each a close friend. And along the way we had so much fun and grew threw many challenges together.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very outgoing, well grounded, and typically good people. There are many types of people in YL, from goofy to serious and off the cuff to planners, but each are really friendly and encouraging people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of thousands of junior high and high school students, as well as pregnant teens and mentally handicapped young adults, in ways that are not quantifiable. The impact YL has on peoples lives is can be considered no less than monumental.

Ways to make it better...

the other leaders and YL staff had been as genuine and willing as the kids. As in every org., politics plays a role and not everyone shares the same vision as what YL outlines on its website.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

breaking through to the kids who may need it the most. All kids imo need Jesus and a mentor, but we did a better job of connecting with the outgoing, visible kids, and not the ones sitting alone in a corner somewhere.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The staff, committee, and area director for YL in your area set the tone for the leaders and kids. I've had good and bad experiences based on who had those positions. Meet with them and look past words to actions and past results to get a good idea.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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